Originally created 08/25/04

Capriati, Bovina advance at Pilot Pen



NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Third-seeded Jennifer Capriati outserved and outlasted Tatiana Golovin on long points Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

Capriati, the defending Pilot Pen champion, defeated Golovin 6-3, 6-2 in about an hour.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals was No. 7 Elena Bovina with a 6-3, 6-2 win over qualifier Marta Marrero.

Capriati used a serve that topped out at 117 mph and a punishing backhand to overwhelm Golovin, who made mistake after mistake in the match.

In the second set, Golovin had four chances in the fourth game to break Capriati, but failed on key points to keep the ball in the court.

"I know she wasn't making many errors, and I kind of made the wrong choices sometimes," Golovin said.

Capriati said it was exactly the kind of opening match she wanted to test her game after a few weeks of rest for a hamstring injury.

"I felt good out there. I felt like I was making a lot of good gets, and I was able to go the long points," Capriati said.

Golovin said she would take the match as a learning experience as she continues her rise through the WTA rankings, from the 300s last year to 30th this week.

In the second match, Bovina faced just one break point in cruising to a win over Marrero.

Bovina was the aggressor throughout, keeping the Spaniard on the move and hitting clean winners off Marrero's drop shots.

Bovina broke once in the first set to take a 3-2 lead, and served out. She broke twice in the second, the last with a forehand winner down the line to take a 5-2 lead.

Bovina said she wanted to be patient.

"(Marrero) likes long rallies," she said. "I didn't need to rush, and make crazy shots."

In first-round action, Daniela Hantuchova advanced with a 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over qualifier Lindsay Lee-Waters.